Situated in Alipurduar Sub-division of Jalpaiguri District.this vast grassland with patches of riverine forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1943 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna. The Sanctuary covers an area of 216.51 sq km.
Falling on the course of rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary is a home of extensive grassland,woods, swamps and streams which refuges a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds.
The wild life, in addition to one-horned rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer and hog deer, wild pig, Indian gaur or mithun and a number of species of birds and peafowl. Elephant ride is arranged at dawn for viewing of wild life.
The varied tree forests and rich shrub growth provide ideal setting for many woodland birds like Green Pigeons, Hornbills, Barbets, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, Thrushes etc. Brahminy ducks, Whistling Teals and Merganser are winter visitors. The most common birds are the large and little Cormorant, Indian Shag, Darter, Egret, Pied Wagtail, River Lapwing, Moorhen, White Breasted Waterhen etc.
W.L.S. is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.
Elephan ride & Jeep safari will take you to the sights of rhino, the herd of elephants or the running deer are the thrilling experiences in Jaldapara.
Bagdogra is the nearest Airport from where one can go by above routes; (Siliguri to Bagdogra 13 km.) private vehicles are available at Madarihat for going to Hollong Forest Lodge/Jaldapara Tourist Lodge.RAIL
The most important railway station in the North East India is NJP. NJP is directly connected with all major stations in India. The nearest railway station is Madarihat which is only 7 km from the sanctuary. All the mail and express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara railway stations, both are 20 km. away from the sanctuary.ROAD
Jaldapara is connected by road with Darjeeling and Siliguri. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses and Private Buses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat. 124 Km. from silliguri, 137 kms from Bagdogra & NJP. Madarihat is the entry point to the sanctuary.